Newcastle’s finest Smoove & Turrell are back in June with their third studio album Broken Toys. Their rise through the ranks of British soul has been nothing but unstoppable, here’s a little recap why…
First album Antique Soul scored some heavy points with singles I Can’t Give You Up, You Don’t Know and Beggarman. Gaining the lads two records of the week on Radio 2 (Radcliffe & Maconie) and their first ever-national playlist on 6music. The original 7” of the northern soul banger I Can’t Give You Up still changes hands for up to £160 on the net. This propelled Smoove & Turrell to headlining stages at festivals such as Glastonbury and Big Chill to name a few, not bad for an unknown Geordie band.
Any worries about a difficult second album were brushed aside when in 2011 Smoove &Turrel released Eccentric Audio. With Smoove’s timeless production skills and a confident John Turrell at the top of his game both lyrically and vocally, Eccentric Audio saw the boys break through onto national TV and radio playlists throughout the UK and Europe. Getting two Radio 2 playlists with singles Hard Work and Gabriel and MTV Europe and Virgin Media playlists with single Slow Down.
With the word starting to spread across the pond to America Smoove &Turrell tracks could be heard on as many things as network giant ABC’s prime-time campaign, feature film For A Good Time Call, video game The Crew and international smash hit series like The Finder and World of Jenks.
Back on home turf, track Hard Work was used on a national advertising campaign as well as others being used on a host of prime-time TV shows such as Match of the Day, Strictly Come Dancing, Splash and Coronation Street opening up Smoove &Turrell to yet a wider audience again.
Live performance highlights saw the boys perform in venues as varied as the legendary terrace in Space Ibiza, it took them as far a field as Moscow and Dubai, it let them play to the whole of Marseille from the ramparts of a castle and led them to support the one and only Nile Rodgers & Chic.
Now it’s 2014 and the album is Broken Toys. Scheduled for release in June, this is another jump forward both in terms of production and appeal. Sparkling pop songs flirt with disco influenced floor stompers in between the blues, jazz, funk and soul the boys are so well known for.
First out of the blocks was double A side single – Lay It On Me/I Just Want More and already gaining radio momentum with airplay on the likes of Gilles Peterson (BBC 6 Music) and Lisa Tarbuck (Radio 2) and which was swiftly followed by the barnstorming Will You Be Mine in late April.
Hitting the road again with their motley crew of Geordie reprobates Smoove & Turrell’s seven piece band will once again be gaining yet more of a loyal fan base both here in the UK and in Europe and the wider world.
Smoove & Turrell’s debut single, Lay It On Me/I Just Want More, was released on Jalapeno Records on 14 April taken from their forthcoming studio Broken Toys which will be released on 9 June.